Camp Kawartha

Plantasia: A Program about Plants and Trees

treeplantingThey provide an elegant and beautiful backdrop to our daily lives but few people stop and consider plants: the only living organism that can manufacture their own food and supply the world with oxygen. In this introduction to the world of plants, your students will learn about the various parts and functions of a tree in a tree drama exercise, identify coniferous trees and deciduous trees and discover which local plants are edible and many more activities. Guaranteed to be treerific!

Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring

Feel free to contact us about modifying any of our outdoor education programs to suit older or younger students.

Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *

Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants

Overall Expectations
1.   assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats;
2.   investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various plants, and ways in which the characteristics of plants relate to the environment in which they grow;
3.   demonstrate an understanding that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics.

Specific Expectations
1.1   assess ways in which plants are important to humans and other living things, taking different points of view into consideration (e.g., the point of view of home builders, gardeners, nursery owners, vegetarians), and suggest ways in which humans can protect plants
1.2   assess the impact of different human activities on plants, and list personal actions they can engage in to minimize harmful effects and enhance good effects
2.1   follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations
2.2   observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants
2.4   investigate ways in which a variety of plants adapt and/or react to their environment, including changes in their environment, using a variety of methods
2.6   use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including stem, leaf, root, pistil, stamen, flower, adaptation, and germination, in oral and written communication
3.1   describe the basic needs of plants, including air, water, light, warmth, and space 3.2 identify the major parts of plants, including root, stem, flower, stamen, pistil, leaf, seed, and fruit, and describe how each contributes to the plant’s survival within the plant’s environment
3.3   describe the changes that different plants undergo in their life cycles
3.4   describe how most plants get energy to live directly from the sun (e.g., plants turn the energy from the sun into food for themselves) and how plants help other living things to get energy from the sun
3.6  describe ways in which plants and animals depend on each other
3.8   identify examples of environmental conditions that may threaten plant and animal survival

* Curriculum links & expectations for this program are based on “The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology”